A model who is the absolute double of Scarlett Johansson says she was left in tears after attending the premier of Black Widow in her native Russia because no one recognised her.
Yekaterina Shumskaya, who goes by Kate, has amassed a whopping 10.2 million followers on her TikTok account due to her uncanny resemblance to the star.
However, despite picking up such a large following online, the 25-year-old claims that lookalike work is thin on the ground in her country.
She said: "A career as a cosplayer in Russia doesn't really exist, so I would like to visit these other places - although I wouldn't live there permanently.
"Once my followers from all around the world encouraged me to go to the Moscow premiere of Black Widow as Scarlett, as she was starring in it.
"I dressed up and went down to the centre of town with a photographer, but no-one came out to see me. People just looked at me as if I was a weirdo!
"I was so embarrassed that I burst into tears and ran to a café to get changed
"Ironically, in the toilets, once I'd taken off my Black Widow costume, a girl came up to me and asked, 'Do people often tell you you look like Scarlett Johansson?' and I just screamed!"
But despite her striking similarity to the actor, Kate says she wants to become a model in her own right, adding: "I want to live my own life, not Scarlett's."
Kate was first told she looked like Scarlett by classmates when she was around 12-years-old, but things really kicked off when she joined TikTok in 2020.
"There was this very popular hashtag at that time called 'who do I look like?' in Russia.
"People took videos of themselves with a voiceover saying, 'People say I look like Connor MacGregor, who do you look like?'
"I shot a simple video of my face with the voiceover and within a couple of hours major Russian bloggers had noticed me and I had over a million views for my very first TikTok.
"There were millions of followers, mainly men, from America, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, all commenting and asking if I had spoken to Scarlett or if she knew I existed."
Kate enjoyed the attention at first and revelled in her newfound fame as she started being approached with lucrative advertising contracts and was asked to relocate to Moscow, but says it's a difficult industry to get into in Russia.
She added: "There is no culture of professional lookalikes in Russia.
"When I became so popular online, I moved to Moscow to work as a model, but I still don't really know what's going on.
"An advertising agency brought me here but, to be honest, in Russia they don't know what to do with me.
"I'd love one day to film a series of videos of me travelling to America to meet Scarlett Johansson herself.
"My followers always ask if I've ever spoken to her or whether Scarlett knows if I exist and I don't know the answer."
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